Nirvana’s Surviving Members Set to Reunite For Benefit Show Tomorrow
The surviving members of Nirvana are planning to reunite in Los Angeles tomorrow at a benefit show. The surviving members include drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novaselic and guitarist Pat Smear. Smear and Grohl currently play together in Foo Fighters. The trio will reunite tomorrow Saturday, January 4th at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles as part of the Art of Elysium event. It’s an annual gala in Los Angeles and the trio will be joined by St. Vincent, Joan Jett, Beck, L7, Cheap Trick and Grohl’s own daughter Violet.
It’s unknown whether the trio will perform Nirvana hits, but given that Joan Jett will be in attendance I’d guess there’s a good chance.
The Art of Elysium was founded in 1997 to “support individuals in the midst of difficult emotional life challenges like illness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement, and/or crisis,” according to the website. “We serve medically fragile children, teens, adults, seniors, those dealing with social, emotional and mental health issues and the homeless.”
Tommy Stinson Claims Axl Rose Hated Working with Queen Producer Roy Thomas Baker
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson discussed frontman Axl Rose firing Queen’s producer Roy Thomas Baker from the Chinese Democracy. Baker was one of the last producers to work on the album before Axl Rose took over the role himself. Baker worked on the record from 2000-2002. Stinson recently did a live Q&A, and he discussed how he hated working with Baker. EA recap of the discussion was posted on MyGNRForum.com.
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“Of course my obsession with GNR takes an opening to ask some questions. they were talking about producers. I ask about Roy Thomas Baker. Tommy says he could not wait for him to get fired. Hated working with him for a year and a half. Mother expletive him basically. Pompous, and other words.”
“I can see how he would clash with RTB over methods. Tommy’s roots are in punk and a one or two take recording philosophy, and Roy ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Baker is the ultimate overdub and rerecord merchant. I guess their personalities rubbed each other up the wrong way too.”
Guns N’ Roses “Superfan” Threatened With Legal Action
TMZ is reporting that Guns N’ Roses record label Universal Musical Global has threatened legal action against a fan named Rick Dunsford. The label is accusing Dunsford of leaking almost 100 unreleased tracks online after buying the recordings from a storage locker in an auction.
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Universal sent Dunsford a cease-and-desist letter and now claims he violated an earlier agreement which saw $15,000 be given to Dunsford to return the recordings.
The whole thing began when Dunsford came across a storage locker belonging to former Geffen A&R man Tom Zutaut who signed Guns N’ Roses in 1986. Zutaut came back to work with Guns N’ Roses in the early 2000’s.
Dunsford recently called into a radio show featuring Greg Dwyer and Bill Michaels where he gave his version of events saying:
“About two and a half months ago, I drove to Virginia, and there was a storage locker that belonged to Tom Zutaut, He didn’t pay his bills or something and it was auctioned off. The individual that bought the locker, there was about 20 CDs in this locker of unreleased GUNS N’ ROSES music from around ’99 to 2000 or 2001.”
Dunsford wasn’t the only fan to pay for the recordings as he revealed several other fans came together to spend $15,000 to purchase the contents of the locker. He would insist his innocence saying
“I know the seller that I bought them from was continuing to sell to other individuals,” he said, “and there was a massive leak. So pretty much, I’ve been blamed for this.”
A GUNS N’ ROSES representative told TMZ: “It is tremendously disappointing, sad, and unfortunate that a record executive involved with the band in their early years found it appropriate to auction off the unreleased materials owned by his former employer.”
I still can’t believe the label paid Dunsford $15,000.00